Panel Webinars

The idea of these webinars is that we can support each other by sharing knowledge and experience as well as enhancing CPD opportunities for our members.

Please note that the views, information, or opinions expressed during the interviews and conference presentations are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of NADP.

Members-Only Webinars in 2022

1. Decolonising Disability Services (CPD Accredited)

This webinar will be held on Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 1 – 2:30pm

Reserve the date and booking will open at the beginning of May.

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign in Cape Town in 2015 was the start of a global movement to decolonise universities, and that movement gained renewed focus in the UK with the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, following the murder of George Floyd. Many universities are now working to decolonise their curriculum, and others their whole institution. Crucially, there exists, in universities across the country, an awarding gap between Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME – a contested term) students and white students. The size of this gap varies, but it persists everywhere.

Rachel Davies from De Montfort University chairs this panel which looks at work taking place across UK universities to decolonise institutions, especially disability services, and the importance of using an intersectional lens when we evaluate our systems and practices.

The work is challenging and the aim of this webinar is to share the learning achieved from work already undertaken by universities. We would like to share the knowledge gained and help to develop understanding of the decolonisation process and its effects on staff and students.

To access booking (open 1st May) and the pre-reading material please sign into this website and then navigate to the members’ area:

Members-Only Webinars in 2021

1. Working Effectively online with Autistic University Students

This webinar was held on Tuesday 30th March 2021. Please navigate to the members’ area to access the recording and transcript. If you would like to receive official CPD points and a certificate, please complete the feedback form with a short reflection on your thoughts about the webinar.

2. 20th Anniversary of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA)

This webinar was held on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Please navigate to the members area of the website to access the recording and transcript.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) established legal rights for disabled students in pre- and post-16 education.The Act introduced the right for disabled students not to be discriminated against in education, training and any services provided wholly or mainly for students, and for those enrolled on courses provided by ‘responsible bodies’, including further and higher education institutions and sixth form colleges.

Additional Material

Mark Pimm is the Disability Service Manager at Birkbeck, University of London. Mark approached NADP with the proposal that we should organise a celebration for the 20th anniversary of SENDA. We thought this was a great idea and Mark has produced a fabulous podcast for you all to listen to in preparation for the webinar. Mark is blind and studied at university during the period of the introduction of SENDA. Follow the link for the podcast and the transcription:

Pat Keaveney is dyslexic and studied at school and university pre-SENDA and during its inception. Talking with Jo Wrigley, he describes his experiences at school and university during this important period of time. Follow the link for the podcast and the transcription:

Lord David Blunkett is currently a Member of the House of Lords but, as Education Secretary, he provided large scale investment in universities including supporting their initiatives to increase disability support and establishing the Disability Rights Commission. Lord Blunkett has recorded a video as a welcome to the webinar.